Hoosiers Fall to No. 15 Demon Deacons
Dec. 3, 2008
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- James Johnson scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half, and No. 15 Wake Forest defeated Indiana 83-58 on Wednesday night.
L.D. Williams added 16 points for the Demon Deacons (7-0), who continued their best start since 2003, when they opened with 11 straight wins in Chris Paul's freshman year.
Indiana native Jeff Teague scored all 14 of his points after halftime and freshman Al-Farouq Aminu finished with 12 for Wake Forest, which shot 61.5 percent in pushing its record in the made-for-TV ACC/Big Ten Challenge to 5-0 at home and 8-1 overall.
"In a season that's full of firsts for us at Indiana, this was certainly the biggest one to date," said Hoosiers coach Tom Crean. "At this point to come into a road game against such an excellent team that is only going to get better, to come see this fan support, it's really amazing.
"There was no preparation for that, so we didn't try to. We prepared for the team, which was going to be hard enough."
But playing for the first time since winning a holiday tournament in California, the Demon Deacons showed a few flaws in their game.
They turned it over a season-high 24 times and, after a 62-rebound performance last time out against Baylor, their rebounding advantage was just 34-30 despite having four players 6-foot-11 or taller lining up against an Indiana team with just three who are at least 6-9.
Wake Forest held the Hoosiers' leading scorer, freshman Tom Pritchard, to four points - nearly 12 below his average - on 1-of-7 shooting.
The Demon Deacons took control late in a sloppy first half in which the teams combined for 28 turnovers.
"Before we can make strides, we have to learn to compete at a higher level for a longer period of time and before we can learn to compete, we have to learn to talk more to one another," Crean said.
Wake Forest took the lead for good during an Aminu-fueled 12-2 run midway through the half before pushing it into double figures by reeling off seven straight points in a minute. Johnson capped the spurt with a 3-pointer from the left wing with just under 5 minutes before the break that made it 39-25. The lead was 47-31 at halftime.
"We had a gameplan that we felt great about," Crean said. "We can't come out and not utilize one another. There were so many opportunities to drive and kick it out, make the next pass. We work on it every day in practice."
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